What is the most important thing you can do to increase your chances of conceiving? Know when you are ovulating!
You may have heard that you can get pregnant at any time of month, but this is somewhat of a myth. You can only get pregnant when you have sex right before or during ovulation. Although it is possible to ovulate at any time of the month, this depends on a number of things. If you are paying attention to the signs of ovulation, you will know whether you ovulate right after your period or 16 days after the start of your cycle. The following are five obvious signs of ovulation you should look out for when trying to conceive.
1. Cervical position change
If you are going to check for a cervical position change during ovulation, you should start by knowing the baseline. When you are not ovulating, your cervix will be firm, low, closed and dry. When you are ovulating, it will be soft, high, open and wet. Doctors use the acronym SHOW to describe the cervix during ovulation. The cervix is the neck of your uterus and you will find it by feel within your vagina.
2. Sexual desire increases
Are you feeling a little more frisky than usual? You may be ovulating. While women are ovulating, their desire for sexual intercourse increases. If you think of it from an evolutionary perspective, it makes perfect sense. We may be in trouble as a species if women were less likely to want sex during ovulation (the only time when they can get pregnant).
3. Tender breasts
Just like when you are getting your period, you may feel some breast tenderness coming on when you are about to ovulate. It is natural, but not every woman experiences this symptom, and it can be easy to confuse with menstruation if you are not keeping track of your cycle. Sometimes, this symptom also comes along with another that can be confused with menstruation: cramping. Some women experience light cramping during ovulation.
4. Excess discharge
At about the same time every month, you probably experience an increase in vaginal discharge. This is nothing to be concerned about. In fact, it is a great sign – a sign that you are fertile. The discharge is called cervical mucus. You may see it at other times during your cycle, but when ovulation is imminent, you will notice an increase and a change in its consistency. Instead of its normal thick, sticky texture, it will become similar to the consistency of egg whites.
5. Increased body temperature
Tracking your basal body temperature is one of the most effective ways to know when you are ovulating, and it could not be easier. All you have to do is write down your early morning temperature every day. When you begin to ovulate, you will see an obvious spike. Your temperature will remain elevated for the rest of your cycle. You may also notice any of the other four signs of ovulation.
Author: Dr Zeenobiyah McGowan Ph.D., an expert on women’s health and helping couples conceive naturally. Dr McGowan is a mother of one beautiful girl. She is editor-in-chief for Ovulationcalendar.com, also founded Impact Humanity, a charity which helps under privileged children get the basic necessities like food and education in Kenya.